Inside Weddings - - Inside Weddings - Pho­tographed by Michael Will Pho­tog­ra­phy

July 1, 2017 Youngstown, Ohio Pho­tographed by Michael Will Pho­tog­ra­phy


As the say­ing goes: when one door closes, an­other one opens. Such was the case for Chelsea Kriebel, whose breakup turned into find­ing the love of her life, Eddie Mu­ran­sky. When the duo first met, Chelsea was in a long-term re­la­tion­ship, so Eddie didn’t let any op­por­tu­nity slip away when he found out she was avail­able. Their first date was per­fect. “We sat down as two strangers on a week­night, not re­al­iz­ing we would be there for three hours talking and laugh­ing,” says Chelsea. “We didn’t want the date to end, but the restau­rant was clos­ing.” Eddie adds, “I re­al­ized early on that I wanted to marry her. I loved her more than I ever thought pos­si­ble and our val­ues were the same,” he smiles. “It was a mat­ter of bid­ing my time, so I didn’t sound crazy ask­ing too soon!”

After 15 months of planning, the time fi­nally came for Chelsea and Eddie to exchange vows at a church that the groom’s pa­ter­nal grand­par­ents were in­volved in and where his fa­ther at­tended grade school. Since the house of wor­ship is so pic­turesque on its own, the pair didn’t want the dé­cor to dis­tract from the nat­u­ral beauty of the space. Min­i­mal blos­soms in pale tones adorned ar­range­ments at the al­tar as well as the pews, where over 300 guests gathered to wit­ness the service. “I’m a big sports fan and love seeing a venue fill up slowly be­fore a big game,” states Eddie. “Mul­ti­ply that feel­ing by 100 and that was me watch­ing our friends and fam­ily en­ter the church on my wed­ding day.”

The groom stood at the al­tar in a navy tuxedo with ebony lapels await­ing his bride, joined by 10 grooms­men in dark suits with navy bow ties and brides­maids in taupe dresses fea­tur­ing con­vert­ible neck­lines. Chelsea wore a stun­ning strap­less gown by Leg­ends Romona Keveža paired with Eddie’s sister’s wed­ding veil. The groom was over­whelmed with feel­ings of ad­mi­ra­tion as his beloved walked down the aisle to a string ren­di­tion of “Hal­lelu­jah” by Leonard Co­hen per­formed by a quar­tet. “He had the big­gest smile on his face as tears were stream­ing down his cheeks,” re­mem­bers the bride. “I was so full of emo­tions stand­ing with my dad look­ing down at my fu­ture hus­band.” Eddie shares a sim­i­lar sen­ti­men­tal mem­ory, “Seeing Chelsea come down the aisle was in­de­scrib­able. It was a rush of how lucky I was in one mo­ment.” Once they were pro­nounced hus­band and wife, they as­cended the aisle to “Marry You” by Bruno Mars.

When it came to the design of the re­cep­tion, the bride was sur­prised by how many times she changed her mind dur­ing the planning process. “I thought I wanted cer­tain color schemes, flo­ral ar­range­ments, etc.,” she be­gins. “For­tu­nately, our plan­ner [at Joe Mi­neo Creative] knew what I wanted quicker than I did. He was able to take my ideas and cre­ate the per­fect room.” The space ex­uded the feel of a gar­den party with hun­dreds of brightly col­ored flow­ers adorn­ing the ta­bles and chan­de­liers over­head. A vi­brant flo­ral mo­tif was also in­cor­po­rated on var­i­ous ta­blescapes and walls, as well as the dance floor and cake.

Fol­low­ing a sit-down din­ner service sur­rounded by boun­ti­ful blooms in shades of ivory, pink, red, and pur­ple, guests en­joyed danc­ing to R&B, Mo­town, 80s, and cur­rent hits per­formed by a live band. “I’ve never seen a dance floor so packed!” ex­claims Eddie. At­ten­dees en­joyed slices of the duo’s el­e­gant fourtiered confection fea­tur­ing the same dec­o­ra­tive design seen through­out the fête and a spe­cial cake top­per: the same one used at the wed­ding of Eddie’s ma­ter­nal grand­par­ents 60 years prior, which was also bor­rowed by his par­ents and sister for their own re­cep­tions.

Through­out the joy­ous cel­e­bra­tion, the pair took time to step back and ob­serve the evening. “Look­ing around seeing the room full of peo­ple who love us, un­der one roof, hav­ing so much fun, was re­ally un­be­liev­able,” re­mem­bers Chelsea. “We made a point to do that sev­eral times through­out the night, and we are so happy that we did.” Their day was full of love, and the pair agrees that it was just a bonus after get­ting mar­ried. The bride urges fu­ture cou­ples pre­par­ing to say “I do”: “Lis­ten to your spouse. Com­mu­ni­cate. Gen­uinely lis­ten to your fam­ily – to a de­gree,” she smiles. “Be mind­ful of oth­ers, but also re­mem­ber that this is your day with your spouse. Take time to sit back and ap­pre­ci­ate the meaning be­hind this amaz­ing party.”

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